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Mountain Gorilla Babies named in 2022 in Volcanoes National Park

Mountain Gorilla Babies named in 2022 in Volcanoes National Park

The morning of 2 September 2022 thousands of Musanze district citizens in the Northern Province greatly gathered at the foothills of the virunga volcanic mountain in volcanoes national park welcoming guests who attended the Gorilla naming ceremony (Kwita Izina). This is Rwanda’s greatest annual tourism event where new baby born baby gorillas are named every year.

The mood of the people was high, with local musicians taking on stage to warm up the residents. 20 new born gorillas were named.

 

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Below are the gorilla namers and the mountain gorilla baby names they gave them.

Impanda - ‘Trumpet’

Umutungo's son from Sabyinyo gorilla Family. The name was chosen to serve as a call to action for us all to play our part in protecting and restoring biodiversity. This male baby gorilla, named by Arsenal Football Club Legend, Gilberto Silva, was born on 26 April 2022.

Intare - ‘Lion’

Umuteguro's son from Hirwa gorilla Family. Named after the Chairman of the Rwanda Development Board, Itzhak Fisher’s Father-in-Law, a Holocaust survivor who was called Leo, which means lion, this male baby gorilla was born on 1 August 2022 and is a new member of the Hirwa family. The name was also chosen by Itzhak Fisher to recognise an important conservation milestone in Rwanda, the successful reintroduction of lions in Akagera National Park.

Imararungu - ‘Cheerful’

Umuco's daughter from Noheli Gorilla Family. Chosen to represent the joyful and entertaining nature of gorillas, this name was given to Umuco’s daughter who was born on 4 August 2021, by Uzo Aduba, an American actor.

Kwibohora - ‘Liberation’

Ubuntu's daughter from Igisha gorilla Family. The name, given by international football referee Salima Mukansanga, was chosen to highlight the role liberation has played in conservation as a foundation of sustainable tourism and development. Kwibohora was born on 15 September 2021 to Ubuntu of the Igisha family of mountain gorillas.

Indangagaciro – ‘Values’

Ubufatanye's daughter from Musilikali gorilla Family. Named by Neri Bukspan, the Managing Director of Standard & Poor’s Credit Market Service, this female baby gorilla was born on 15 August 2021 to mother Ubufatanye from the Musilikali family of mountain gorillas. This name was chosen to highlight the value Rwanda attaches to preservation and conservation.

Baho - ‘Live’

Tamu's son from Susa gorilla Family. Founder and President of Luntz Global, Dr. Frank Luntz gave this name to a male baby gorilla from the Susa family. The name was chosen to celebrate the sustained life of mountain gorillas, and their bright future thanks to conservation efforts.

Ruragendwa – ‘Hospitable’

Ruhuka's son from Noheli gorilla Family. The Board Director, Sales and Marketing, Volkswagen Group South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa, Thomas Milz gave this name to a male baby mountain gorilla from the Noheli family that was chosen to recognize the welcoming nature of Rwandans, and the famous Rwandan hospitality visitors enjoy when visiting the country.

Ubwitange – ‘Sacrifice’

Nsanganira's son from Ntambara Gorilla Family. The name was chosen to recognize the selflessness and dedication of park staff, local communities and conservation partners to the conservation of biodiversity. This name was given by Philanthropist and Entrepreneur, Dr. Cindy Descalzi Pereira.

Turikumwe – ‘We Are Together’

Urahirwa's child from Ntambara gorilla Family. The Secretary General of La Francophonie, Louise Mushikiwabo, had the honour of giving this name to a newborn baby gorilla from the Ntambara family to highlight the importance of working together to achieve successful conservation outcomes, and to recognise the many partners who contribute to protecting the mountain gorillas.

Ikuzo – ‘Admirable’

Umwe's daughter from Noheli gorilla Family. Umwe’s daughter, born on 13 December 2021, from the Noheli family was given this name by Paris Saint-Germain football legend, Juan Pablo Sorin, to recognise the admirable and noble nature of Rwanda’s mountain gorillas.

Muganga Mwiza – ‘Good Doctor’

Umwari's son from Susa gorilla Family. Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder and President of Emerson Collective gave this name to Umwari’s baby gorilla from the Susa family in honour of the late Dr Paul Farmer – a great friend to Rwanda and a great friend to Laurene. Paul’s vision for a more just and equitable world lives on through the University of Global Health Equity and Partners in Health.

Ihuriro – ‘Hub’

Umutuzo's son from Amahoro gorilla Family. Umutuzo’s son that was born on 31 May 2022 was given this name by legendary Senegalese musician, Youssou N’Dour. The name was chosen to showcase Rwanda as a vibrant hub for music, fashion and culture, as well as eco-tourism and investment.

Kwisanga – ‘Feel At Home’

Gorilla Family from New Family Group. Kenyan musical band, Sauti Sol had the honour of naming a newly formed mountain gorilla family living in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park as a celebration of the peaceful splitting of the Kwitonda family that left both groups having an equal number of members. Since Kwisanga and Kwitonda were formed, the groups have met a number of times without any aggressive interactions, allowing members from the two families to meet and socialize.

Indatezuka – ‘Resilient’

Igitangaza's daughter from Mutobo gorilla Family. The baby gorilla born on 13 September 2021, was named by the Chief Executive Officer of the African Wildlife Foundation, Kaddu Sebunya. This name was chosen to highlight the resilience of the Rwandan people and the protection of the country’s biodiversity.

Ubusugire – ‘Integrity’

Gwira's son from Pablo gorilla Family. This new addition to the Pablo mountain gorilla family was born on 9 December 2021 and was given a name by Sir Ian Clark Wood, KT, GBE, Chairman of The Wood Foundation. The name was chosen to celebrate the efforts of communities and conservationists to protect and ensure the integrity of Rwanda’s biodiverse national parks.

Nyirindekwe – ‘Protector’

Bukima's son from Musilikali gorilla Family. This male baby gorilla was born on 21 January 2022 and was named by Stewart Maginnis, the Deputy Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The name was chosen to celebrate the protective nature of the mountain gorillas, and their role as guardians of their forest habitat.

Ubwuzuzanye – ‘Harmony’

Agasaro's son from Muhoza gorilla Family. This baby was born on 29 April 2022 to Agasaro of the Muhoza family of mountain gorillas and was named by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. The name was chosen to raise awareness of the need for humanity to come together as one to protect our environment and achieve sustainable development.

Ishami – ‘Offspring’

Twiyubake's son from Muhoza gorilla Family. Football legend Didier Drogba gave the name Ishami to this baby gorilla born on 28 July 2022 to Twiyubake, a member of the Muhoza family of mountain gorillas living in Volcanoes National Park. The name symbolises the importance of the newborn gorillas as “offsprings” of expansion and growth.

Kwanda – ‘Expand’

Izihirwe's son from Musilikali gorilla Family. With the growing need to expand the mountain gorilla habitat through the Volcanoes National Park Expansion Programme, the name was given to this male baby gorilla born on 12 October 2021 by Moses Turahirwa, Creative Director of Rwandan fashion brand, Moshions.

Imbaduko – ‘Vivacity’:

Akamaro's daughter from Kureba gorilla Family. Akamaro’s daughter from the Kureba family of mountain gorillas was born on 12 October last year and was named by Professional Racing Driver and Presenter, Naomi Schiff. The name was chosen to celebrate the unwavering commitment of the Rwandan people to the protection of the mountain gorillas.
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